With three weeks to spare, the nursery is ready to go. It all began on Christmas Eve when Eric put together the crib. From there, we unpacked all the shower and Christmas gifts, did a TON of laundry, made a checklist of what we still needed, bought said items and picked out some fun accessories from–where else–IKEA.
The room itself came together pretty effortlessly. The loose theme is “nature” which lent itself to decorating with flowers, butterflies, birds and animals. I already had a pink-and-green upholstered rocking chair leftover from my office (which we relocated down the hall) and pink polka-dot curtains to boot so pinks and greens became the palette du jour.
We left the walls white–like the rest of our abode–choosing to decorate with pops of color instead.
The bright pink, green, red and white frames hail from IKEA. The butterflies are from this postcard pack and the flower photographs were taken by Eric at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. We already had the two frames that house our wedding photos, which we’ll probably swap out with baby pictures soon.
As for the white frames, our plan is to display a picture of Emily in the fancy round one, a family picture in the large frame and a baby picture of Eric and me in the smaller pair. The onesie charm is from Emily’s great-grandma (actually a baby’s-first-Christmas ornament) and the adorable Valentine’s pirate was made by Eric’s mom–because every nursery needs a girly skull-and-crossbones, right?
On either side of the crib is a HENSVIK hutch from IKEA. These are also leftover from my office. Yes, I bought furniture for my grown-up, big-girl office from the IKEA children’s department. The office-turned-nursery is the smallest room in our house and I needed something that wouldn’t overwhelm the space. Just when I thought I was going to strike out, I stumbled upon these and excitedly declared they were like “mini LIATORPs” (I started crushing on LIATORP way back then). I even had Eric take my picture …
The funny thing is, which I didn’t officially know at the time, is that I am about half a week pregnant with Emily in this picture. Not much of a bump yet, huh?
Those pink bins are storing everything from toys to sheets and towels to bibs, swaddle blankets, diapers and other things a baby needs. I even have three mostly empty ones on the left so there’s plenty of room to expand. IKEA makes other storage solutions that use these plastic bins so I see them playing a role in her childhood room for years to come. Her many, many clothes are hung neatly by size in the closet.
Continuing to move clockwise, is the rocking chair, lamp and side table. I’m stashing nursing and Boppy pillows behind the chair, as well as a Valentine’s fleece throw to protect it from spit-up and such. What? You thought parenting was all fun and games?
And for a little perspective, here’s what the nursery looks like when you walk in the door. The frame gallery is behind the My Little Snugabunny Bouncer and the rocker is on the other side of the window. Fun fact: the striped rug from IKEA is called the “EMMIE” rug.
Since I can’t help myself, here are a few detail shots that make my sappy mom-to-be heart happy.
Now we just need to add the baby. :)
Psst! In case you’re wondering what didn’t come from IKEA, that would be the crib (from buybuy BABY), the mobile (from Babies“R“Us) and the lamp (also from Babies“R“Us) We already owned the flower art above the crib, rocker and side table. Most of the decorative things in the hutches are shower/Christmas gifts or items we already had. The crib quilt was lovingly made by Emily’s grandma.